It seems like every month Sheriff Arpaio is busting another pet owner for keeping too many pets in cramped quarters. Pet hoarding can have disastrous effects on animals’ health and well-being. That’s why Arizona requires permits for people who keep more than five dogs at a time.
If you plan on opening a breeding, grooming, or kenneling business — or if you just want to raise a bunch of dogs in an enclosed space — you’re going to need a kennel permit. Below, we’ve included everything you need to know to obtain a kennel permit in Maricopa County.
People hoping to run a kennel aren’t the only ones who will need a kennel permit. Under Arizona law, a kennel is defined as any controlled area that houses five or more dogs. So if you’re planning on keeping more than five dogs on your premises, or if you want to breed or groom dogs, you’re required to have a kennel permit.
First, your kennel must be approved by the local zoning authority. You’ll need to contact the Maricopa County Planning and Development office about that.
Next, you’ll need to fill out a copy of the county’s kennel permit application. If you’ve been convicted of animal cruelty or dog fighting charges in Arizona or anywhere else, your application will likely be denied.
You’ll need to include copies of your dogs’ rabies vaccinations in your application. If you plan on operating a breeding, grooming, or boarding business, you’ll need to submit proof of lawful presence in the country as well. Forms of proof include a driver’s license, birth certificate, visa, or U.S. passport.
You should mail your application to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control at 2500 South 27th Avenue, Phoenix, AX 85009. Include a check for $328.00 with your application. Don’t forget to submit an application; failing to obtain a permit can lead to fines.
If you plan on breeding dogs, your work doesn’t end after obtaining a permit. Under Arizona law, all dogs three months of age or older must be vaccinated against rabies and licensed. Failure to license a dog is a class 2 misdemeanor.
You’ll need to fill out a dog license application and mail it in within 15 days of the rabies vaccination. You should send the application and a check to: Animal Care & Control, P.O. Box 2959, Phoenix, AZ 85062. The fee for a spayed or neutered dog is $17, while the fee for an unaltered dog is $42.
Alternatively, you can apply for a license online at the Maricopa County Animal Care & Control website. You’ll need to know the date of your dog’s rabies vaccination, the manufacturer and serial number of the vaccination, the name of the veterinary hospital or clinic that administered the vaccination, and its license number.
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